sermon: batter my heart

Here is the sermon I preached yesterday. I'm hesitant to post it, to be honest, because it still feels very incomplete and undeveloped, and it emerged only after quite a lot of wrestling through the night, which I suppose is appropriate given the texts. But I will swallow my pride and post it anyway. Credit…

unmerited grace: imagination & preaching

I have been reading Barbara Brown Taylor’s book The Preaching Life and thinking a lot recently about the role of imagination in faith and preaching. In a chapter on imagination she quotes the theologian James Whitehead: ‘Faith is the enduring ability to imagine life in a certain way’.I have always been drawn to the line…

storytelling

I am discovering that one of the best parts of the work that I do is listening to stories. I am aware that listening to the person I am with may be a gift to them. But the stories they tell are often a gift to me, though I suspect few would ever see it…